The Spitzer Space Telescope mission

M. W. Werner, T. L. Roellig, F. J. Low, George H. Rieke, Marcia J Rieke, W. F. Hoffmann, E. Young, J. R. Houck, B. Brandl, G. G. Fazio, J. L. Hora, R. D. Gehrz, G. Helou, B. T. Soifer, J. Stauffer, J. Keene, P. Eisenhardt, D. Gallagher, T. N. Gautier, W. IraceC. R. Lawrence, L. Simmons, J. E. Van Cleve, M. Jura, E. L. Wright, D. P. Cruikshank

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Abstract

The Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA's Great Observatory for infrared astronomy, was launched 2003 August 25 and is returning excellent scientific data from its Earth-trailing solar orbit. Spitzer combines the intrinsic sensitivity achievable with a cryogenic telescope in space with the great imaging and spectroscopic power of modern detector arrays to provide the user community with huge gains in capability for exploration of the cosmos in the infrared. The observatory systems are largely performing as expected, and the projected cryogenic lifetime is in excess of 5 years. This paper summarizes the on-orbit scientific, technical, and operational performance of Spitzer. Subsequent papers in this special issue describe the Spitzer instruments in detail and highlight many of the exciting scientific results obtained during the first 6 months of the Spitzer mission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume154
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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Space Infrared Telescope Facility
cryogenics
observatories
observatory
infrared astronomy
solar orbits
cosmos
astronomy
telescopes
orbits
life (durability)
sensitivity
detectors
detector

Keywords

  • Space vehicles: Instruments
  • Telescopes

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Werner, M. W., Roellig, T. L., Low, F. J., Rieke, G. H., Rieke, M. J., Hoffmann, W. F., ... Cruikshank, D. P. (2004). The Spitzer Space Telescope mission. Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, 154(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1086/422992

The Spitzer Space Telescope mission. / Werner, M. W.; Roellig, T. L.; Low, F. J.; Rieke, George H.; Rieke, Marcia J; Hoffmann, W. F.; Young, E.; Houck, J. R.; Brandl, B.; Fazio, G. G.; Hora, J. L.; Gehrz, R. D.; Helou, G.; Soifer, B. T.; Stauffer, J.; Keene, J.; Eisenhardt, P.; Gallagher, D.; Gautier, T. N.; Irace, W.; Lawrence, C. R.; Simmons, L.; Van Cleve, J. E.; Jura, M.; Wright, E. L.; Cruikshank, D. P.

In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, Vol. 154, No. 1, 09.2004, p. 1-9.

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Werner, MW, Roellig, TL, Low, FJ, Rieke, GH, Rieke, MJ, Hoffmann, WF, Young, E, Houck, JR, Brandl, B, Fazio, GG, Hora, JL, Gehrz, RD, Helou, G, Soifer, BT, Stauffer, J, Keene, J, Eisenhardt, P, Gallagher, D, Gautier, TN, Irace, W, Lawrence, CR, Simmons, L, Van Cleve, JE, Jura, M, Wright, EL & Cruikshank, DP 2004, 'The Spitzer Space Telescope mission', Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series, vol. 154, no. 1, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1086/422992
Werner, M. W. ; Roellig, T. L. ; Low, F. J. ; Rieke, George H. ; Rieke, Marcia J ; Hoffmann, W. F. ; Young, E. ; Houck, J. R. ; Brandl, B. ; Fazio, G. G. ; Hora, J. L. ; Gehrz, R. D. ; Helou, G. ; Soifer, B. T. ; Stauffer, J. ; Keene, J. ; Eisenhardt, P. ; Gallagher, D. ; Gautier, T. N. ; Irace, W. ; Lawrence, C. R. ; Simmons, L. ; Van Cleve, J. E. ; Jura, M. ; Wright, E. L. ; Cruikshank, D. P. / The Spitzer Space Telescope mission. In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series. 2004 ; Vol. 154, No. 1. pp. 1-9.
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